Creative Byline Provides Submission Management Software for Calvin's Writing Festival

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Calvin College's Festival of Faith and Writing relies on to manage its attendees' submission of book proposals to editors.

“It’s going to be so much easier to manage compared to what we’ve done in the past” Shelly LeMahieu Dunn, director of the Festival of Faith and Writing

The Festival of Faith and Writing, organized and hosted by Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, announced this week a partnership with Creative Byline, Inc. The online service will manage the manuscript submission to editors that the Festival has offered writer-attendees for the last several festivals.

The Festival of Faith and Writing is the first organization to use the new submission management capability that was recently launched by Managing submissions for writing contests, festivals, or award competitions is an expansion for the business, which already offers online submission management for a variety of book publishers.

"This was a natural for us," says Brad MacLean, CEO of Creative Byline. "Our core business is making it easy and efficient for writers to submit manuscripts and editors to see what's available. We can do that equally well for contests as for publishers."

"This partnership lets us concentrate on all of the other aspects of the Festival," says Shelly LeMahieu Dunn, director of the Festival of Faith and Writing. "It's going to be so much easier to manage compared to what we've done in the past"

In past years, the Festival staff received proposal submissions via e-mail, then uploaded the documents to a website; they also needed to manage security to give access only to editors participating in the Festival.

Creative Byline's online service leaves paper-based snail mail submission processes behind by electronically (and securely) routing submitted manuscripts to the right editors or judges. Publishers or contest managers subscribe to connect their editors or judges with content creators, without needing to invest in proprietary technology. Projects are tagged by genre and author qualifications, so those reviewing them can set their own acceptance criteria. The new contest management features will also be available to publishers, allowing them to connect with writers in new ways without being overwhelmed with submissions.

About Creative Byline:
Creative Byline ( is an independent company that provides online services to enable those looking for creative content to find new sources, and those who write to find outlets. Over a dozen publishers and imprints currently participate, including Dutton's Children's Books, St. Martin's Press, Chicago Review Press, and coming in January, Little Pickle Press.

About the Festival of Faith and Writing:
The Festival of Faith and Writing ( is a biennial gathering of readers and writers hosted by Calvin College. The goal of the Festival is to provide a vibrant community where people come together to discuss, celebrate, and explore the ways in which faith is represented in literature and how it plays out in our world today. In 2010, the Festival will be held from April 15-17; registration ( is now open.

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